Annette Woodall

Annette has considerable experience in all matters relating to family breakdown particularly in respect of financial matters when she deals with high net financial claims often involving substantial assets, businesses and pension issues. She is committed to achieving the best for her Client as recently outlined “she epitomises the Company’s values and I found her to be both rigorous and hardworking in helping achieve a workable and realistic outcome……”

Annette is a full Member of Resolution (formerly Solicitors Family Law Association) and she has a firm and practical approach achieving high levels of settlement and client satisfaction “…… her no nonsense, matter of fact and down to earth approach was refreshing as was her wealth of experience”.

Annette has specialised in Family Law for many years having joined Brendan Fleming Solicitors originally in 1984 progressing to head a large family department until leaving to join as Department Head a large firm in Solihull for some years. Annette returned to Brendan Fleming’s successful and prominent Child Care firm in 2008 to establish a divorce and family law department and which is now an ever expanding highly experienced and successful but friendly and approachable team.

"Unfortunately, my ancillary relief proceedings have taken over five years and are likely to continue for the foreseeable future due to my ex-husband’s non-compliance with court orders.  Prior to instructing Annette Woodall I had been represented by two different lawyers, both Partners at a large, national law firm in Birmingham.  My experience of these lawyers was one of inefficiency resulting in an overwhelming feeling that I was not receiving the appropriate level of service for the high fees I was being charged.    Annette took my case on when I was absolutely desperate.  I had run out of money having already spent over £15,000 in legal fees and I now qualified for legal aid.  My previous lawyer refused to represent me now I could no longer afford their fees (despite their firm taking legal aid cases) and I had a court hearing looming in a matter of days.  My case was very complex, all assets were overseas, my ex-husband did not comply with court orders and I faced a huge challenge in enforcing the court orders due to the fact my ex-husband lived overseas.  Every lawyer I contacted refused to represent me on legal aid due to the complexity of my case.  Annette was different.  She agreed to take my case at the eleventh hour just before the hearing and continued to represent me for over three years.  My case has been lengthy, frustrating and complicated, Annette has always made me feel in safe hands due to her vast experience and calm, efficient manner.  I particularly appreciate her honest and pragmatic approach and have always felt she has acted in my best interests, mindful of costs which so often can spiral out of control.  Despite my legal aid status, she always made me feel like I was an important client and has dealt with matters in a professional, timely manner.  She has worked tirelessly to help achieve the best outcome for me.  She persuaded a wonderful barrister to represent me at hearings and I felt incredibly lucky to have such excellent representation.    My case centred around ancillary relief and achieving a financial settlement.  My ex-husband’s refusal to provide honest financial disclosure and the complexity and overseas location of our marital assets proved extremely challenging.  My case involved numerous requests for financial disclosure, penal notice applications for enforcing court orders, section 37 injunctions to protect assets, a committal to prison hearing, two FDR hearings and finally resulted in a contested two-day Final Hearing.  There has since been further enforcement action resulting in a suspended committal to prison order, a variation application and another two-day Final Hearing.  Throughout Annette’s advice has been invaluable and she has gone way out of her way to help me at every stage.  I cannot recommend Annette highly enough, she is a one-off and I consider myself extremely privileged to have been represented and supported by her, during undoubtedly one of the most difficult and stressful periods of my life."

"L.A." - Gloucester

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